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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Simon80 Re:Yahoo! Custom! Spyware! Embed! Service! (137 comments)

Before jumping to conclusions, keep in mind that they also could've taken advantage of the NSA's QUANTUM infrastructure to perform a packet injection and redirect the target's browser to a malicious copy of the site. See this article for more information about how that would work.

about 9 months ago

Yahoo Will Ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track"

Simon80 Re:The Story of the Wolves and Sheep. (360 comments)

Farmer Bill, on the other hand, saw an opportunity to turn this into a feature that could protect his sheep and draw some sheep from other farms, since so many sheep jumped his fence to go to the nicer pastures of Firefox Ranch and Chrome Acres.

You're saying that IE having DNT on by default is a feature that could win users over from other browsers. However, if a user is aware of and cares about DNT, they would never switch to IE just because it's enabled there by default. It's easier to just enable it in their existing browser than it is to switch to another browser that has it on by default.

Also, yes, the idea of advertisers voluntarily respecting a flag like this is ludicrous, but it's in their best interests to do it. The alternative for them is technical measures like adblock that completely cut them out of the picture. However, I think their historical behaviour implies that they do whatever they can get away with, so any measure that relies on voluntary good behaviour from them is destined to fail.

about 2 years ago

Converting RSS Feeds To a Dynamic 3D Scene In 120 Lines of Code

Simon80 Re:Vaporware or crapware? (73 comments)

I have to say, having scrolled through all of these negative comments, I really feel for you for trying to respond to so many of them without losing your head. Not all of us readers feel the need to put down the little guy just because you got some attention on Slashdot. I'm saddened that so many are taking the time to do this instead of just skipping over the article.

about 2 years ago

University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

Simon80 Re:Good haul for a scam! (532 comments)

If you're interested in the sort of immortality research you mention, there's this guy named Aubrey de Grey who has kind of made it his mission in life to push that cause forward. See Wikipedia for a good starting place:

more than 2 years ago

Best Language For Experimental GUI Demo Projects?

Simon80 Re:Qt and open source (278 comments)

For clarity regarding the original post, this means that Qt has been freely available for commercial use for the last few years.The LGPL is the same license that is used by glibc on Linux, so if you release commercial software for Linux, you will be using LGPL code anyway unless you deliberately avoid it. Unless you statically link an LGPL-licensed library, the licensing requirements are pretty easy to fulfill.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings

Simon80 Re:Adds new import to the phrase "keep off the gra (126 comments)

You wouldn't just tax energy usage, you'd cut something similar, like sales taxes, in exchange for the tax increase, and then explain to the public that it's really an opportunity to lower their taxes if they use energy more efficiently (i.e. find and replace inefficient appliances, and shift as much usage as possible into off-peak hours). It would still get stiff resistance from anyone in the energy supply chain, but that's pretty standard for public politics.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

Simon80 Re:I call bullshit. (455 comments)

Maybe your cost of living isn't actually relatively high after all.

more than 2 years ago

Music Player Amarok 2.5 Released

Simon80 Re:Amarok 1.4.6 For life (152 comments)

Yeah, I should have changed the wording there to be slightly less flattering, considering that last time I needed to put music on an iPod ("I'm telling you, it's not mine! Those things aren't my bag, baby!"), I ended up using RhythmBox. Clementine's support for it was pretty broken.

more than 2 years ago

Music Player Amarok 2.5 Released

Simon80 Re:Amarok 1.4.6 For life (152 comments)

In case you didn't follow the rest of the thread, I wanted to let you know that you should try Clementine. It's basically Amarok 1.4 ported to Qt, although they're still catching up on some less essential features.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Patents Using Apps During Calls

Simon80 Re:Prior art (434 comments)

I started reading this thread hoping for actual examples of prior art, but the examples people are mentioning aren't actually prior art (or infringing) unless they do everything in one of the independent claims, including stuff like "modifying the corresponding application user interface to include a switch application icon that is not displayed in the corresponding application user interface when there is no ongoing phone call". I'd still love to see examples of prior art, but it looks like it's fairly easy to work around this patent.

In the future, it may be useful to read the following or something equivalent:
Andrew Tridgell on Patent Defence for FOSS Developers

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

Simon80 Sounds familiar (424 comments)

Rob, is that you?

more than 2 years ago

Google Employees Are Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Simon80 Re:ICS on galaxy S (71 comments)

Actually, on Maemo devices before the N900 (I'm assuming that's what you're talking about), there was a hardware button by default, which is probably why someone felt the need to write software to replicate this on the N900.

I really liked Maemo, but as far as I can tell, it has a glaring weakness compared to other mobile OSes, in that it doesn't seem to have a sandboxing mechanism to run untrusted applications in. If it ever achieved the sort of mainstream success that Android has, it would have been hard to feel safe installing untrusted software onto it. Then again, it sounds like the sandboxing in Android doesn't have enough granularity in permission granting to prevent malicious software from secretly invading your privacy, so I wouldn't feel safe about that either.

more than 2 years ago

Philly Answers Youth Flash Mobs With Curfew Enforcement

Simon80 Re:Philly Flash Mob != Flash Mob (377 comments)

Haven't you heard of the Stanford Prison Experiment? Most of us are pretty wild by nature, so this is most definitely a nurture problem.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work?

Simon80 Village Telco (229 comments) have wireless mesh based phone networks called Village Telcos in Dili, East Timor, and several places in South Africa (and maybe elsewhere in Africa), using a custom device called the Mesh Potato, which has a wireless SoC, FXS port, and outdoor enclosure. It runs custom OpenWRT-derived firmware and Asterisk, and is set up so they're basically plug and play at deployment time. They don't have very up-to-date details on their website, but the mailing list is responsive, and you should check them out if this sort of thing interests you.

more than 3 years ago

Gov't Docs Reveal Canada's Net Neutrality Enforcement Failure

Simon80 Re:Um... (109 comments)

As weak as our net neutrality rules are, your statements are blatantly incorrect. Not even two paragraphs in, he links to the CRTC guidelines, which say stuff like:

ISP must also reference its online disclosures in relevant marketing materials, customer contracts, and terms of service.


Clear and prominent disclosure of technical ITMPs on the websites of primary ISPs must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance of a new technical ITMP being implemented or an existing one being modified.

I don't see how things like that can be construed as voluntary. It seems like an enforcement failure if you ask me. It's objective fact that there are very few neutral ISPs here (Teksavvy cable is the only one in my area that I know of, on the DSL version, Bittorrent gets throttled by Bell), and we're also falling behind the rest of the world in terms of the speed and price of access.

more than 3 years ago

13-Year-Old Password Security Bug Fixed

Simon80 Re:Come on, it's PHP (130 comments)

Thanks for making me laugh, but at a glance, it looks like the bug is actually in this package, not PHP.

more than 3 years ago



Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham

Simon80 Simon80 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Simon80 (874052) writes "Harald Welte, known for his involvement in various open source communities, has pointed out the shortcomings of Netgear's open source router hype. Netgear's own astroturfed community site reveals that the router requires the use of binary-only kernel modules for the wireless and ethernet hardware, which is supplied by Broadcom. Also worth noting are the missing features in third-party firmware versions supplied by Netgear."
Link to Original Source

Simon80 Simon80 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Simon80 (874052) writes "Sun has announced that they're releasing Java SE, Java ME, JavaEE, and cqME (the compatibility test suite for Java ME) under the GPL version 2. They will be seeding 3 communities, one each for SE, ME, and EE, with the code releases, which will be hosted within About the choice of licence:
Why the GPLv2, the most common open source license, but one that in theory allows anyone to create their own fork? Chu said, "We've chosen this direction because we wanted a license that, especially on the SE side, is the same as Linux, so people can distribute Linux with Java in it. We also believe the license will minimize proprietary forks, because people will need to share innovation back into open source."
There is also a Q&A with Java's creator, James Gosling, about the code release."


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